The city pegged the Terminal 1 warehouse in Northwest Portland as a potential site for a homeless shelter.

The city pegged the Terminal 1 warehouse in Northwest Portland as a potential site for a homeless shelter.

Jonathan House/The Portland Tribune

A group of businesses in the Portland Harbor plans to challenge the City Council’s decision to open a homeless shelter at Terminal 1 before the state Land Use Board of Appeals.

The Working Waterfront Coalition filed the notice with LUBA on Friday by certified mail. It was submitted by Steven Pfeiffer, a lawyer with the Perkins Coie law firm in Portland.

The coalition successfully challenged an earlier council decision before LUBA to increase the amount of land to be set aside for environmental protection in the harbor. Coalition members include the Greenbrier Companies, Kinder Morgan, Schnitzler Steel Industries, Union Pacific Railroad, and Vigor Industrial.

The council voted three to two on Aug. 2 to lease Terminal 1 to the Portland Housing Bureau for up to 18 months to open a homeless shelter in a vacant warehouse on the 14-acre parcel in Northwest Portland. The land along the Willamette River in Northwest Portland is currently zoned industrial, which does not allow for mass shelters. LUBA was created by the Oregon Legislature to resolve land use disputes.

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